Tuesday, December 16, 2008

2008 Top 10 Toys - No. 10

This idea was first mooted by a blogging buddy here. The list will comprise toys acquired in 2008 and there's no real favourite as Shaun puts it "I'm not naming my favourite toy of the year in this list, cos the latest toy I get always holds my utmost attention (till I've photographed it)." Well said!

So I'll start with my number ten - Sideshow's Gandalf the Grey (full review can be viewed here) from The Lord of the Rings trilogy by Peter Jackson.

One of the nicer Sideshow figures IMHO. It's really a pity that Sideshow is ending this 12" line just when they were getting good at it. Still this wizard is a great addition to their other 12" figures, even if the Fellowship cannot be complete, without the remaining Hobbits, Merry and Pippin as well as Gimli the Dwarf.

Gandalf stands beside his two favourite Hobbits, Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins

Gandalf to Frodo, "Stay clear of Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac (how do they think up these names?) or you will not be able to reach Mordor for you will be dragged down into the mire that's the financial crisis."

Altogether now, say, "Fellowship of the Ring"

The Denethor brudders, Boromir and Faramir

Samwise Gamgee the gardener (except the way he's outfitted with his pots and pans, bangers and mash, he could be Frodo's personal chef, his very own Gordon Ramsay) and Frodo Baggins, the sucker who got stuck with the One Ring to rule them all. I know of some husbands who wear the ring around their neck too, instead of on their ring finger (I wonder why?)

Legolas Greenleaf the Elf Prince of Mirkwood (he who is Orlando Bloom - how apt that Bloom will become Greenleaf - before he becomes Will Turner the pirate) and Aragorn, who is also Strider the Ranger

One down, nine more to go


Little Plastic Man said...

So exciting!! Can't wait to see everyone's top 10 lists!

alex teo said...

hear hear!! I cannot but agree :)

Shaun said...

yes! my guru's come up with his list. Gandalf is a quality figure and I thought it would rank higher on your list, but the fact that it doesn't, mean you've more awesome toys in the top 9.

alex teo said...

ahh, my dear buddy shaun, you are most perceptive. i cracked my head real hard for this list and in the end, i think i'm quite pleased with the outcome. thanks for putting up the challenge :) it's a GREAT idea!

Anonymous said...

Shaun linked me here.
Great page!
Gandalf is a match with my list.
I will add you to my Toy Blog list
Greetings from Germany

alex teo said...

Hi Mick, thanks for the compliments. I've added you to my blog list as well. Merry Christmas, Alex from Singapore :)

Shaun said...

Shall we do this again? Admittedly I'm quite distracted by Gundam these days, struggling to clear my Jan 2010 checklist AND haven't bought that many toys this year. But I think I can find some time to pull it off.

My list will feature some toys I haven't had the chance to snap pix of (example), and it will definitely push me to get round to taking more toy photos.

Be cool to see fellow toy bloggers' favourite hauls in 2009. :)

alex teo said...

Always glad to support what you come up with. After all, you did start the ball rolling last year so YES! let's do this again - should be FUN ;>

Shaun said...

And as always, looking forward to your thoughts on the 1:6 genre my Guru.:)